CAMP CALIFORNIA TEAM

Each summer Camp California brings together a wonderful team of counselors and staff to give your child the best possible summer camp experience. The majority of our cabin counselors are Native English Speaking from the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of our counselors and staff are also fluent in: Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Our counselors are also highly skilled and experienced in the many activities we offer at Camp California as well as previous experience in youth development and supervision.

Maja Antonic

Maja Antonic

Croatia
Anita Torbarina

Anita Torbarina

Croatia
Conor Caheny

Conor Caheny

Ireland
Kate Willis

Kate Willis

United Kingdom
Karolina Mahlerova

Karolina Mahlerova

Czech Republic
David Casely

David Casely

United Kingdom
Pat Mooney

Pat Mooney

Canada
Nic Wightman

Nic Wightman

Australia
Robert McKenzie

Robert McKenzie

United Kingdom
Nelly  Mason

Nelly Mason

United Kingdom
Tyler May

Tyler May

USA
Mick Fenn

Mick Fenn

Australia
Amy Wade

Amy Wade

New Zealand
Anna Parker

Anna Parker

United Kingdom
Carmen Kingwill

Carmen Kingwill

South Africa
Clio McIlvenny

Clio McIlvenny

Ireland
Conor Doherty

Conor Doherty

Canada
Darren McGrath

Darren McGrath

Ireland
Fabian Ruggieri

Fabian Ruggieri

Australia
Gary Costello

Gary Costello

Ireland
Hailie Cuthbertson

Hailie Cuthbertson

Australia
Kimberley Forbes

Kimberley Forbes

New Zealand
Kristin Dawson

Kristin Dawson

New Zealand
Madeleine Allen

Madeleine Allen

New Zealand
Sam Ryder

Sam Ryder

New Zealand
Tash Bamford

Tash Bamford

New Zealand
Taylor Woodmass

Taylor Woodmass

New Zealand

Admin staff

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham

Mike “Higgy” Higginbotham is originally from Santa Cruz, California has been a part of the traditional “American Style” summer camping experience since the age of 5 as a camper, counselor, Head Counselor, Program Director and Director.  In 1992 Mike’s experiences in the summer camp industry expanded to the international recruitment arena.  Mike spent the next 15 years as International Country Director in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa recruiting young men and women to travel to the United States each summer to experience being a camp counselor at one of the over 10,000 summer camps in the United States.  In 2003 “Camp California in Croatia” was to be the first American Style summer camp in Europe and Mike or “Higgy” as thousands of children from around the world know him, has had the privilege of being the Director of Camp California since its first summer.  Since 2003, Camp California has hosted over 8000 children from over 60 countries around the world to experience what Mike believes is one of the best opportunities a child can have growing up. Mike spends a part of his year catching waves in South Africa and California and his summers at Camp California in Croatia.


Maja Antonic

Maja Antonic

Maja Antonic is our Operations Director and has been involved with Camp California since summer 2005. Maja’s main focus is on streamlining operations and admissions to provide the highest level of service and exceptional customer care for our families. Maja is also responsible for the marketing and general day to day operations of the office in Croatia.  Maja is from Rijeka in Croatia and spends a part of her year in California and South Africa.  


Anita Torbarina

Anita Torbarina

Anita Torbarina is proudly from Debeljak, a small town near Zadar, Croatia and has been our Admissions Manager since summer 2015. She is responsible for guiding families through the application process, holds the answers to all your questions and is an expert in taking things from zero to awesome. Anita loves the outdoors and in her free time can mostly be found hiking through forests, climbing mountains and sleeping under the stars.


Martina Dolanski

Martina Dolanski

Martina Dolanski is 27 and from Zagreb, Croatia. After being a leader on the Teen Adventure program in 2013, she is now back with Camp California for her second summer as an Admin Coordinator. Martina is graduating at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality, she loves soccer and her dog Mrljica.